Spreading the road safety message could net grassroots football and netball clubs in Victoria a share of $1.3m this season.

The TAC’s new Community Footy TAC Club Rewards Program gives all AFL Victoria-aligned clubs the opportunity to earn up to $10,000 in funding by promoting road safety to their community.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said the grants would give clubs a much-needed boost as they head into the 2021 season.

“Victoria’s grassroots football and netball clubs truly suffered with the cancellation of the 2020 season and, in turn, important fundraising events,” said Carroll.

“This program is an exciting opportunity to reward the clubs that are passionate about road safety and dedicated to ensuring all of their members make it to and from the game safely,” he said.

Last year, 126 people died on regional Victorian roads, compared with 85 lives lost in metro areas.

Clubs will be able to register for rewards program from April. More information is available online at Aflvic.com.au/TACClubRewards.